A penny for Whoopi Goldberg’s ideas on the new Maya Angelou quarter?
This week, famous poet Angelou became the initial Black lady to show up on the 25-cent U.S. coin — a gesture Goldberg and her “View” co-hosts opined on briefly all through Tuesday’s episode of the daytime talk series.
“I want to stage out that not also extensive in the past, we were being anticipating to have Harriet Tubman gracing the $20 bill. Bear in mind that?” Goldberg said at the prime of the present.
“But now it appears to be like the rate has been slashed to a quarter, mainly because now we have Maya Angelou on a quarter.”
In accordance to the New York Occasions, the U.S. Mint commenced circulating the Angelou quarter Monday as portion of a sequence of currency supposed to shell out homage to revolutionary American females. The Mint also strategies to create quarters for trailblazing astronaut Sally Ride, Native American activist Wilma Mankiller, New Mexico voting rights leader Nina Otero-Warren and Chinese American screen icon Anna May possibly Wong.
The initially coin in the series depicts Angelou spreading her arms in the shadow of a fowl — a visible nod to her seminal autobiography, “I Know Why the Caged Hen Sings.”
While Goldberg noted that “having Maya everywhere is a outstanding thing” and called the engraving of the author “beautiful,” she challenged the United States to do additional to honor a figure as revered and influential as Angelou.
“Come on, America,” Goldberg stated.
“You do not consider this is gonna make individuals really feel a small bit unpleasant? We wanted a $20 bill. Now you have all of these highly effective ladies, and you place them all on quarters? Appear on. What’s gonna take place with the penny? That is what I want to know.”
Goldberg returned to “The View” on Monday right after getting a weeklong split to recover from COVID-19. She is amid a handful of Tv hosts to deal the coronavirus as the remarkably contagious Omicron variant carries on to distribute across the place.
“If you can get vaccinated … do you a favor,” Goldberg — who obtained a COVID-19 vaccine and booster shot before testing good and experiencing delicate signs — instructed viewers previous week.
“I never want to be in the house. I really don’t want to be quarantining in area. But this is what is finest for the many, not just what’s finest for the few.”